Monthly Archives: February 2015

Perfecting 6 ~ American Wheat

Today I am getting the starters ready for the American Wheat.  This will be the first brew of 2015 as well as the first time the brew room is in operation  other than being used for something storage related.


I’ll be brewing 12 gallons instead of the normal 6 because my friend Ted Saxe will be joining me.  I figured it was easier to break it into two 1 liter starters.


I’ll post notes in the comments of this blog post to document the steps for comparison with the next brewing session of the American Wheat!


Perfecting 6…

A few posts back I was planning on brewing all 80 recipes from JZ’s book Brewing Classic Styles. However, I couldn’t figure out where to start let alone how many fermenters I would need or how I was going to consume all that beer. Then the boys at were talking about getting back to the basics and picking 5 beers and perfecting them. After a couple days of reading JZ’s book I found 6 recipes that I wanted to brew but couldn’t slim it down to the final 5 so I decided to leave it at 6.  Those 6 are Blonde Ale, American Wheat, American Pilsner, Irish Ale, Bier De Garde, and a Dry Stout.

I’ll post as I brew them and then add brewing notes to the comments.  This Saturday I will be brewing with Ted Saxe.  We’ll be brewing the American Wheat.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: American Wheat
Brewer: Jeff Mitchell
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 13.79 gal
Post Boil Volume: 12.74 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 11.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 11.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 3.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 19.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 83.5 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 50.0 %
10 lbs Wheat - Red Malt (Briess) (2.3 SRM) Grain 2 50.0 %
2.00 oz Willamette [5.60 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 3 16.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Centennial [11.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 4 3.1 IBUs
0.50 oz Willamette [5.60 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 5 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Wheat Ale (Wyeast Labs #1010) [ Yeast 6 -

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 20 lbs
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 25.00 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (3.05gal, 6.90gal) of 168.0 F water